Biber is a {bibtex} replacement for {biblatex}. It is functionally a significant superset of BibTeX, allowing more customisation by the user of, e.g., sorting, label generation, inheritance, and data source stream manipulation. It also supports advanced auto-disambiguation of names and name lists.

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Biblatex / Biber full citation for first occurrence only

I'm in the process of switching from BibTeX to BibLaTeX/biber. I've searched around but can't seem to find/figure out how to style the citations a particular way and I'd appreciate some help. I'm ...
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Redefine cite commands after first citation in biber [closed]

I am using biber as a backend for biblatex with the alphabetic style. I want to work the textcite and citeauthor commands to work as follows: If I use one of the above commands the first time for a ...
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Missing 'biblatex' package

I'm attempting to create a bibliography using biber, via Tex Live (installed on a Linux Mint 11 machine). My source .bib file is: @article{simon06, author = {Simon, E. and Flaschker, N. and ...
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MultiScript Bibliography using biber/xelatex/polyglossia

I have succeeded in having a multiscript document using polyglossia. I tried to use biber to have a multiscript bibliography. Every thing compiles well but the Arabic Script in the .bib file doesn't ...
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biber.conf: suppress warning when not overwriting a field

I use two fields (type and entrysubtype) in formatting a particular entrytype [explanation below, in case it triggers any thoughts]. In most cases these are the same; occasionally there would be ...
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How to create multilingual (English, Japanese) and multi-format bibliographies with biblatex and biber

As a follow-up to this thread, I would like to know if it is possible to extend this further to change the citation format depending on whether kanji or romanization is selected. Japanese entries ...
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Biblatex: How can I get the label [BvB60] instead of [BB60] for an article by “Bach and van Beethoven (1760)”?

I'm using the alphabetic style of biblatex as follows: \usepackage[ style=alphabetic, maxcitenames=3, minnames=3, useprefix=true ]{biblatex} In the .bib-file, I have an entry: ...
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biblatex-apa — biber

I'm using LaTeX for four days now and I have a problem with the biblatex-apa style. Here is the important part of my header: \documentclass[ a4paper, 12pt, %twocolumn, ...
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RefTeX won't find my .bib file in local library tree

RefTeX gives out the following error when trying to insert a citation: No valid bibliography in this document, and no default available I keep a master .bib file in ...
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Custom inheritance rules not working with biblatex

I work on a document (XeLaTeX), where many mixed language collections are cited. Using biblatex I can make use of the hyphenation field to switch between different languages (although the babel-option ...
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BibLaTeX Biber in TeXnicCenter does not produce bibliography

I recently changed to backend=biber after some problems with encoding in bibtex8 ( Biblatex encoding ). Everything seemed to work fine until I added some references and updated the bibliography file. ...
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Why is biber so slow?

I have a simple document, about 20 pages long with some mathematics and a couple of tikz diagrams. I use biblatex and biber (0.9.9 MacTeX 2011) to compile my references, of which there are currently ...
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Biber broken on debian wheezy/sid texlive 2011

After an update of texlive 2011 (two days ago), biber (version 0.9.9) is completely broken. The solution found via google (deleting directory /tmp/par-.....) does not work. The Error is: ~/Git/DISS$ ...
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Unexpected citation behavior: biblatex with biber and authoryear

The citation style authoryear-comp is designed to output citations of the form '(Doe, 1992)'. (See p. 62 of the biblatex documentation.) This has worked as expected for me, even when using Biber as ...
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Package biblatex Warning: No driver for entry type 'url'

I have a bibliography in BibDesk, and use biblatex with biber backend. However, biblatex complains Package biblatex Warning: No driver for entry type 'url'. and apparently falls back Using fallback ...
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Engines of Tex-Editors and Biber/Biblatex

Today I detected that biblatex, biber or whatever is responsible for citations and bibliography does not work correctly on my tex-files. I can think of two reasons for it: Maybe my engine-file (I am ...
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Problem getting biber/biblatex/XeLaTeX/TeXworks working together

OK, here my situation: I'm writing a paper for my class, and I want to include a bilingual bibliography since some of my sources are in Korean and I want the bibliography to show the original Korean ...
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Using biber with gedit + rubber

I've been having a lot of problems trying to switch to biblatex with biber from bibtex, and after a few problems solved I'm at loss. The situation now: biblatex works when not using biber as a ...
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biber error: BibTeX subsystem expected “@”

I'm having a problem getting biber to process my bibliography file. I've updated my TeXLive distribution to have the following package/program versions: biblatex 2011/11/13 v1.7 biber version: 0.9.8 ...
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Biblatex + Biber + Texmaker + MiKTeX

Will someone please help me to both configure Texmaker and use it so that I can use the backend=biber option with biblatex package. I am using MiKTeX 2.8 and Texmaker 3.1. Please do not simply tell me ...
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Latexmk: makeglossaries, Biber and pdfLaTeX / Where to put latexmkrc?

I've got myself seriously confused with latexmk. I have been using latexmk on TeX Live 2011 and I have loved it for making my document with a ToC and references with Biber. I am trying to make it work ...
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“Missing character” or “does not map to ascii” message with biblatex and biber

I started drafting a question here but then, through some further work, found a solution. I though it might be worth putting in what I found here for others. The problem relates to using biber as a ...
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Biber not run automatically with `-shell-escape`?

I vaguely recall reading somewhere that biber can be run automatically by the biblatex package when -shell-escape is allowed. Do I remember it wrong? As much as I try, biblatex only tells me to run ...
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In TeXShop, is there a directive to select biber or BibTeX on a per-document basis?

As in the title, I'd like to be able to select whether TeXShop uses biber or BibTeX in the document rather than using the command line or changing the default in the TeXShop preferences. For TeX ...
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“Cannot find file” error when running biber

I'm commuting to using the new biber/biblatex system of referencing. Previously I have been using bibtex as a backend and have tried converting to biber. I'm using MikTeX 2.9 under windows xp sp3. I ...
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biblatex authoryear-comp and name aliases

Using the authoryear-comp style I often cite different authors having the same last name. The biblatex package options backend=biber,style=authoryear-comp,firstinits=true,uniquename=init eliminate ...
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Compatibility of bibtex and biblatex bibliography files?

In the answer to bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib the advantages and disadvantages of Biber vs. BibTeX (and of natbib vs. biblatex) were explained. However, one point was omitted: The question ...
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biblatex: multiple bibliographies categorised by different .bib files

biblatex supports multiple bibliographies by looking up the 1) entry type, 2) keyword, or 3) category. This is all fine, but in the use case of primary sources and secondary sources: 1) the 'type' ...
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Installing biber on Ubuntu 10.04

My tex file has backend=biber in the header. But, as I use tex-live 2009, biber is not installed by default. I downloaded the biber.tar.gz from the biber project page at sourceforg., When I extracted ...
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Biblatex, uniquename, \ifnamesequal{editor}{author}

As soon as one uses biblatex with biber as backend and uniquename=true enabled, the test \ifnamesequal{editor}{author} inside the bbx-file (here: authortitle-dw.bbx) won't expand to true even if the ...
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biber breaks when it's run [closed]

I'm trying to use biber with biblatex under windows xp. However, when I run it with any argument including biber --help it breaks with the same error message: Biber/Utils.pm did not return a true ...
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How to create multilingual (English, Japanese) bibliographies with biblatex, biber and polyglossia

I would like to update my bibtex file in a way that allows me to create multilingual bibliographies. Since I publish in English and Japanese, I will need this to work in a way that: In an English ...
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How to make LaTeXmk work with XeLaTeX and biber

I'm trying to make LaTeX make work with XeLaTeX and biber for my thesis. The document will have many cross references. What settings do I need to ensure it works correctly? My current settings for ...
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biblatex: Setting maxnames on individual entries

I'm using biblatex (with biber as backend). I use the global maxnames option to shorten author lists (with "et al."). However, I would like to create some exceptions to this rule for some specific ...
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Tex4ht, biblatex and biber: what is proper processing?

How to run htlatex with biblatex bibliography included? That's the simplest example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{biblatex} \addbibresource{libr.bib} \begin{document} ...
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How to get biber to pass fields into the .bbl file?

I'm using biblatex and biber, and trying to modify the usual styles to include a field for the AMS MathReviews number. My BibTeX file (well, I guess it's a Biber file now) has mrnumber fields, and ...
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Setting up biber as a default biblatex backend in the configuration file

The biblatex release notes recommend to setup backend=biber in biblatex.cfg, however LaTeX refuses to accept this text in biblatex.cfg: \ProvidesFile{biblatex.cfg} ...
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How to use biber

Simply put I want to know what steps I need to take to start biber with biblatex. I haven't been able to find any proper tutorials or guides showing how you go about using it instead of BibTeX. What ...
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bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib

I've heard of many different bibliography-related packages/platforms/?. What's the difference between the following, which is good for what tasks, advantages/disadvantages, which one is the most ...
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Custom “online” entry formatting with biblatex+biber: use organisation in place of author when author is missing

I am using the superb biblatex package (with biber as backend) to typeset the bibliography of my thesis (compiled with pdflatex). I would like to customise the formatting of @ONLINE type entries. By ...
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Bibliography tools that are compatible with biblatex and biber

I’m currently in the process of reconsidering how I do bibliography management. It seems to be most sensible to use biblatex with biber. I’d like to know what tools are available on which I can build ...
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Biber writes incorrect unicode encoding of \'\i

Biber seems to be writing some strange unicode characters when reading bib entries where the accented character í has been entered as \'\i. This causes compilation to break when using pdflatex (and ...
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How to suppress certain .bib fields (e.g. year) only for certain entry types (e.g. inproceedings)

How can I suppress the year from appearing in the bibliography for entries of type @inproceedings? In my specific case the year is implied in the booktitle (e.g. FOCS '09) so it is redundant when I ...
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Error with percent sign in bib entry field when using biblatex/biber

I'm trying to use biblatex (v1.5a) with biber (v0.9.3) instead of BibTeX but I am having a problem with bib entries, where the abstract contains a percent sign. In that case, in the bbl file the ...
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Setting up WinEdt 6.0 and MiKTeX to run biblatex and biber

There should be a simple solution to the following problem, but I have failed to find one. I have a fresh installation of WinEdt 6.0 and MiKTeX 2.9. I usually use SumatraPDF for preview, using ...
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Error message when using biber

Great site here. I have a question regarding Biblatex and Biber. My current .tex file structure looks like this in TeXworks: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{inputenc} ...
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Biber gives “I found no \citation commands”. Is there a solution ? [duplicate]

Help me, please, to fix the work of biber. When I put in biblatex options backend=biber then during the compilation I get: This is BibTeX, Version 0.99d (TeX Live 2010) The top-level auxiliary file: ...
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running biblatex-biber with xelatex (editor:notepad++; distro: miktex)

i would like to set up a workflow that uses biblatex-biber with xelatex, on notepad++. the backend=biber in the biblatex environment. can someone explain the command line sequence to me? as i ...
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Biber: Does it really need incoming connection ?

My windows 7 warned me that biber.exe tried to establish incoming connection. I wonder why biber would need it? I blocked the connection for a while.
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Are there widely used alternatives to BibTeX that define their own file format?

For the institute I work at, we plan to automatically generate bibliography entries for widely used reference managment systems. In another question, someone said that I shouldn't bother with BibTeX ...